September 17, 2008
Camera Raw 4.6 available on Adobe Labs
The Camera Raw 4.6 and DNG Converter Release Candidates (RC) are now available on Adobe Labs. As Lightroom/Camera Raw PM Tom Hogarty explains,
The “release candidate” label indicates that the plug-in is well tested but would benefit from additional community testing before it is distributed automatically to all of our customers. The Camera Raw team would like the community to help verify the quality of the plug-in through normal usage as this will ensure that the plug-in is tested on a diversity of hardware and software configurations not available internally at Adobe.
This release includes official camera support for the following cameras:
Fuji Finepix IS Pro
Nikon Coolpix P6000
It also adds preliminary (unofficial) support for these new camera models:
Canon Rebel XS
Olympus SP-565 UZ
Tom explains a bit about what unofficial support means later in his post.
Photos in motion; DNG sprouts wheels
- As you probably don’t need me to tell you, Canon has just announced the 5D Mark II, complete with the ability to record HD-resolution (1080p) video. This follows on the heels of Nikon’s D90, itself capable of 720p video capture. My initial thought was that DSLRs capturing video is kind of like dogs walking on their hind legs–not done well (e.g. no autofocus), though interesting to see done at all. Nikon’s sample videos, however, have gotten me thinking about the possibilities, and film effects pro Stu Maschwitz sees lots of promise. (He calls Canon’s decision to shoot at 30fps instead of at 24 "almost unbearable," however.)
- On the other end of the tech spectrum, I’m a big fan of the little Flip video camera. Now a guy named Reid Gershbein has given a tilt-shift appearance (how, he doesn’t say) to footage from the wee cam. Hmm–this may motivate me to try applying Lens Blur as a Smart Filter on video using Photoshop Extended.
- Ikonoskop’s rather potent-looking, weirdly named A-cam dII is, it would appear, first to support DNG for motion capture. "The buzz at IBC is DNG," they write, "so people seem to understand and start to follow our lead in DNG together with Adobe." [Via Scott Sheppard]
- Interesting video of an SLR: Nikon D3 Shutter Release in Super Slow Motion. [Via Zalman Stern]
- Photojojo’s got some ideas on making flipbooks from your video content.
- Photographer Jill Greenberg is under fire for doing a cover shoot with John McCain for The Atlantic Monthly, then using the outtakes to create harshly anti-McCain photo illustrations. The magazine has disavowed her actions, and Mark Tucker asks a number of questions (while linking to more commentary). Greenberg has posted her images at manipulator.com.
- On a much lighter note, I’d vote Tauntaun any time. (Not so much actual Hope, though.) [Update: Also, McCain gets the Frank Miller treatment. (Via Steven Johnson)]